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Child sex victim’s relief as attacker is convicted
A CHILD sex abuse victim has said “justice has been done” after the man who abused her for years was found guilty yesterday.
Bradley Antill, of Fulmar Place, Grove, near Wantage, was convicted of raping a child under 13, five counts of sexual assault and eight counts of indecency with a child.
Prosecutors say he could face up to 15 years in jail.
The 46-year-old denied all 14 counts during a four-day trial at Oxford Crown Court, but was unanimously found guilty of every charge against him.
Speaking after the verdict, his victim said: “I am so relieved that justice has been done after all these years of trauma.
“I would never have been able to go through this without my family and friends.”
She also thanked a police officer and lawyer who had helped bring Antill to justice.
“I am so grateful to Detective Constable Maria Morrisey and my barrister Rachel Drake.”
During the case his victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave an emotional account of how Antill had abused her for years when she was growing up.
She told the jury how her abuser had said if she ever told anyone what had happened, she would be taken into care and never see her parents again.
Yesterday, after the verdict was announced, her mother told the Oxford Mail that Antill was a “monster” for what he had done to her daughter.
She said: “There are almost no words to describe him.
“It’s just despicable to prey on a child and to threaten her with not seeing her parents again.
“He’s shown no remorse at all and we’re just so relieved that it’s all over, because he’s going to prison and we won’t run the risk of running into him again.”
She said there was a huge sense of relief when the verdict was announced.
“It is just overwhelming to get that result – it is such a relief,” she said.
“When we first found out, we couldn’t take it on board, we couldn’t believe it.
“It has been a horrible experience for my daughter, but we are so proud of her for being so strong.
“And the police have been wonderful and very supportive to all of us.”
After the verdict was read out, Judge Mary Jane Mowat remanded Antill in custody and said he was facing an immediate prison sentence of “some length”.
Rachel Drake, prosecuting, added that the Crown Prosecution Service guidelines suggested a sentence of between 11 and 15 years was appropriate for Antill’s rape conviction.
Antill was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the crown court on October 24.